Association of British Orchestras

ABO/Classical Music Awards

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Is there someone on your team who has done brilliant work this year? Do you know a concert hall manager with an innovative approach to programming? Or an artist manager who has gone the extra mile in helping make your season a success? Then why not nominate them for an ABO/Classical Music Award for Orchestra Manager, Concert Hall Manager or Artist Manager of the Year?

Nominations for the 2020 Awards are now open.

The criteria for nominations are as follows:

Artist manager of the year

For the artist manager who the classical music industry – including orchestras, concert halls, promoters and artist managers – believes has displayed within the previous concert season (September 2018 to August 2019) notable artistic imagination and creativity beyond the booking of engagements for individual artists, made a special contribution in the field of orchestral touring in the UK or abroad, has a long-term record of distinction in the artist management business, demonstrated outstanding ability in the field of promoting younger artists, made a particular contribution to international relations within the profession, or is the best emerging artist manager of the year.

Concert hall manager of the year

For the CEO or other senior manager who has taken his or her organisation forward through inspirational leadership within the previous concert season (September 2018 to August 2019). The individual may, among other qualities, have shown evidence of imaginative programming, taken an organisation in new directions, excelled in problem solving or have negotiated a way through the difficult funding climate.

Individuals eligible for this award will be in a senior management position within a member of the British Association of Concert Halls.

Orchestra manager of the year

For the CEO or other senior manager who has taken his or her orchestra or organisation forward through inspirational leadership within the previous concert season (September 2018 to August 2019). The individual may, among other qualities, have shown evidence of imaginative programming, taken their organisation in new directions, excelled in problem-solving or have negotiated a way through the difficult funding climate.

Individuals eligible for this award will be in a senior management position within a Full or Associate Member of the Association of British Orchestras.

Nominations should be made in writing using the appropriate nomination form and emailed to info@abo.org.uk. The written statement (up to 1,000 words) should include the reasons for the nomination, the quality of the individual's work and his/her achievements in the 12 month period. The deadline for nominations is 5pm on Friday 6 December 2019.

Artist Manager of the year - Past winners

2019 Angela Sulivan, Sulivan Sweetland Ltd

2018 HELLO STAGE

2017 Kathryn Enticott, Enticott Music Management

2016 Alasdair Tait, Young Classical Artists Trust

2015 Jasper Parrott, HarrisonParrott

2014 Cornelia Schmid, Konzertdirection Schmid

2013 James Brown, Hazard Chase

2012 Stephen Lumsden, Intermusica

Concert Hall Manager of the year - Past winners

2019 Suzanne Rolt, St George's Bristol

2018 Richard Heason, St John's Smith Square

2017 Neil Bennison, Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall, Nottingham

2016 Angela Dixon, Saffron Hall

2015 Michael Eakin, Liverpool Philharmonic

2014 Jude Kelly OBE and Gillian Moore MBE, Southbank Centre

2013 Kevin Appleby, Turner Sims Concert Hall

2012 Paul Keene, Town Hall & Symphony Hall Birmingham

Orchestra Manager of the year - Past winners

2019 David Wilson, London Mozart Players

2018 Sue Mallet, London Symphony Orchestra

2017 Bob Riley, Manchester Camerata

2016 Sarah Alexander, National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain

2015 John Harte, Aurora Orchestra

2014 Gijs Elsen, The English Concert

2013 David Butcher, Britten Sinfonia

2012 Sophie Lewis, Sinfonia Cymru

Related information

Nomination Form Artist Manager 2020

Nomination Form Concert Hall Manager 2020

Nomination Form Orchestra Manager 2020

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